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DONATOS WILL STAY AT OHIO STATE FAIR

 DONATOS WILL STAY AT OHIO STATE FAIR
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Donatos Pizza Inc. said


today it will continue to serve its pizza at the 1992 Ohio State Fair despite a change in the fair's contract with soft drink suppliers. The contract change, which awarded exclusive soft drink distribution rights at the fair to Pepsi Cola, led other vendors to pull out of the fair because of supplier agreements with Pepsi rival Coca-Cola.
 The Donatos decision to remain at the fair was announced today by Mike Zangerle, Donatos' director of marketing. Zangerle said that Donatos, which has an agreement to serve Coca Cola products at its central Ohio restaurants, would serve "alternative drinks" with its products at the fair.
 "Donatos is committed to serving the best pizza to our loyal customers at the state fair," Zangerle said. "The Ohio State Fair is an institution and a point of pride for all Ohioans and we share that pride. A business decision was made by the fair that Donatos did not agree with, but we do not think that should keep fair visitors from having fun and being able to enjoy Donatos pizza."
 Zangerle said he had received several comments from Donatos customers who said they would support a decision to pull out of the state fair. He said those comments are an indication of the customer loyalty Donatos enjoys.
 "We certainly appreciate all those people who took the time and the interest to let us know their views, and we value their loyalty to Donatos," Zangerle said. "We hope our decision to remain at the state fair will give all Ohioans, including those not familiar with our products, the opportunity to sample the quality that gives Donatos such a loyal following."
 Zangerle said Donatos, which operates restaurants in Central Ohio, is currently planning an expansion into the Cincinnati area. That expansion is scheduled to begin later this year.
 "Donatos is looking forward to introducing our products into the Cincinnati area, and we think the state fair will give folks from that area an early opportunity to sample what we think will soon be the most popular pizza in that area as well," he said.
 Donatos Pizza Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-based company, was founded in 1963. It serves pizza, sub sandwiches and salads in 37 locations in the Columbus area.
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 CONTACT: Mike Zangerle of Donatos Pizza, Inc., 614-476-4663; or Russ Birkos or Delena Roth, both of Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Public Relations, 614-846-7777; for Donatos Pizza, Inc./ CO: Donatos Pizza; Ohio State Fair ST: Ohio IN: LEI SU:


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